Sunday, May 10, 2009

day +628

I have received a flood of gracious e-mails regarding my NYT essay. A writer, of course, generally assumes that he or she will hear favorable words from family and friends, which there were but I was really taken by some of the heartfelt messages from strangers. I even heard from a book publisher.

Presently, I'm in the process of revamping my photo gallery. I had hoped it would be completed by the publication of the essay, but it just wasn't possible. So, I hope within the next two weeks you'll find a more dynamic web page of my work.

With all the various activities going on recently coupled with a stretch of rainy days, I haven't been on any shoots for about 2 weeks. My last attempt was to capture long exposure shots of passing traffic at the intersection of 165th Street and the Grand Concourse after sunset.

After 3 shoots at this spot, I still am not satisfied with what I have. So, I'll just have to return and try again.

On Friday afternoon, I had a job interview for a potential teaching position. I also gave a demo lesson on Lincoln's leadership during the Civil War. Upon leaving the school, I felt really optimistic and the weather was remarkable. There was a cool, refreshing breeze and it was in low 70s. Spring had definitely arrived. So, I walked around enjoying the youthful bustle of Morningside Heights where I was, ate lunch at an Indian restaurant, and then, headed downtown to the MOMA to check out a really rich and electic exhibition, Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West. What I really enjoyed about this exhibition was its diversity and scope. Photographs, both spectacular and mundane, from the 1840s to today were included. Some of the show's most interesting pieces, I thought, were the daguerrotypes and the elaborately decorated framed cases in which they were held.

Saturday afternoon I met up with an old friend, who was in town. She had an extra complimentary ticket to Essentially Ellington at the Time Warner Building in Midtown, where we listened to seven high school jazz bands from across the country compete in the hope of earning a coveted spot on the stage of Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall tonight. Most of the pieces were naturally by the Duke himself, but Benny Carter was represented for the first time too. It was a very fun and refreshing experience.

Yesterday evening I received a call back from the school and was offered the position which I accepted enthusiastically. Though the position is temporary (from September to December), it's a precious first step in gaining experience.

Our life's work is to use what we have been given to wake up. If there were two people who were exactly the same - same body, same speech, same mind, same mother, same father, same house, same food, everything the same - one of them could use what he has to wake up and the other could use it to become more resentful, bitter, and sour. . . . That's the challenge of now: What are you going to do with what you have already - your body, your speech, your mind?
- Pema Chodron


Comment Blogger missingheart said...

Congrats on the job, Duane! You're going to be a great teacher!


10:58 PM  
Comment Blogger laulausmamma said...

Congratulations glad you were offered the teaching it temporary. It's a foot in the door..and who knows...might end up being extended and lead to a permanent position. And you heard from a book publisher...good things come to those who wait. You wait is becoming well worth your while.


11:15 PM  
Comment Blogger Michelle said...

"To teach is to learn twice."
Joseph Joubert

Good one right?
Congrats Duane. You are going to make an awesome teach!!!

6:37 PM  
Comment Blogger Tom (dB) said...

Congratulations on both having your essay printed and getting a job! It's always great to hear how well you're doing and even though it's a temporary position it will inevitably lead to other great things.

4:45 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks everyone!

7:54 PM  

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